Dom, 2E0WHQ achieves a distance record from the club

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Dom posted on Facebook: “Absolutely chuffed! This evening is club night at the Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club. Like most Thursday evenings we set up a modest station to operate, just a Kenwood TS590S and a 40m inverted ‘V’ about 7m off the ground at the apex. Several members of the club operated on 40m both on SSB and CW using the club call G8SRC. I decided to jump on the radio at around 21:15 and promptly worked Greece. I then tried to work Israel for about 10 minutes but failed. I tuned up the band and heard VK6APZ (Australia); he was quite busy, but my persistence and waiting paid off and I finally worked Peter using the club call G8SRC. I then let him work a few more stations before going back and working him with my own callsign, 2E0WHQ. Absolutely fantastic to work him twice and set a new distance record for the club! A great night of radio at the Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club. Thanks to Philip Bond for providing the inverted ‘V’ antenna for the evening and Jonathan Hobbs for helping set up (sorry you didn’t get to work VK6APZ)”

Photo credits: Phil Bond.

Summer Is Over!

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Just a quick reminder that we are back at Pine Trees from this week now that the summer holidays are over. Hope to see you there.

Our last meeting at Pinetrees before the summer break.

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Here are a few images from our last meeting at Pinetrees before our summer break.

Please remember we are meeting at Barbury Castle throughout August. You’re welcome to bring your radio kit and operate /p.

RSGB 6M Trophy Results

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We came 5th in the recent RSGB 6m Trophy. The most important thing was there were zero logging issues. Well done chaps!

Chippenham & DARC Radio Rally

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This local rally is being held on Sunday 29th July 2018 at Kington Langley Village Hall & Fields, Church Road, Kington Langley, Chippenham, SN15 5NJ.

M1SKI Sked

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Andrzej, M1SKI is currently in Poland and has set up skeds on 3.707MHz at 0800BST and 7.096MHz at 2100BST.

He welcomes calls from club members and we think he is operating as SP/M1SKI.

Please let us know if you manage to work him.

Activity Nights @ Barbury Castle

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Throughout August we will be meeting out and about. We are meeting in the car park at Barbury Castle. If you don’t know where it is and you have a GPS… 51.483822, -1.777436

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been managed as a country park by Swindon Borough Council since 1971. It is situated on Barbury Hill, a local vantage point, which, under ideal weather conditions, commands a view across to the Cotswolds and the River Severn. It has two deep defensive ditches and ramparts. The Old Ridgeway runs close by and the modern Ridgeway crosses through the castle. In the surrounding area are to be found round barrows, Celtic field systems and 18th-19th Century flint workings.

See you there.

RSGB May 144MHz Contest 2018

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This weekend we will be participating in the RSGB May 144MHz Contest. We will be entering the club in the 6-hour contest as M4W from IO91CL. If you are at a loose end, pop up to Barbury Castle and say hello.

We will be on site around 9am.

Constructors’ Test Evening II

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Due to the recent success of the testing evening, we have decided to run another on the 24th May. If you have anything you want testing on the night, please let us know ASAP so we can ensure we are prepared.